Gentle Dental Cleanings & Periodontal Therapy in Jacksonville
Dental Cleanings & Checkups Can Prevent Medical Problems
Consistent dental cleanings and checkups are very important for your overall dental and medical health. Poor oral hygiene can lead to cavities and tooth decay, gum disease, infection, bone loss, heart disease, and more.
Plaque and Tartar is a sticky film of bacteria and food that begins to form on your teeth every day. This normal buildup generates acids that slowly eat away the protective enamel of your teeth, and when not removed on a regular basis, can create cavities. Even when you brush your teeth really well, plaque begins to form again within just a couple of hours.
During your dental cleaning, we will remove all of the plaque and tartar that normal brushing and flossing leaves behind. We will also perform an oral cancer screening and overall assessment of your oral health.
Signs of Gum Disease | Gum Disease Can Be Easily Prevented
Periodontal disease, also called gum disease, is generally caused by bacteria from plaque and tartar buildup. Gum disease can also be accelerated by tobacco use, clenching or grinding teeth, genetics, and some medications. The earliest stage of gum disease is called Gingivitis and if left untreated can progress to the second stage, known as Periodontitis.
Studies have shown that periodontal disease can provide warning signs of very serious and potentially life-threatening conditions such as heart disease and stroke, diabetes, kidney disease, preterm birth, and more. Along with proper and consistent brushing & flossing, combined with regular dental cleanings and checkups, Dr. Altenbach can help you restore your healthy gums and take control of your future oral health.
Signs of gum disease include:
- Loose teeth
- Bad breath
- Tooth sensitivity caused by receding gums
- Abscessed teeth
- Red, bleeding, and/or swollen gums